Battling for genre Friday viewers, FOX has the premiere of Joss Whedon’s new show Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku, tonight (9PM Eastern & Pacific), with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as the lead-in (8PM Eastern & Pacific). But hey – that’s the same time as the back-to-back episodes of The Clone Wars (9PM Cartoon Network), but luckily before Battlestar Galactica‘s new episode: “No Exit” or the new episode of Psych. Get your DVRs and VCRs ready!
So here’s what they’re saying about Dollhouse:
- io9′s Charlie Jane Anders, after having seen 3 episodes, says: “I’ve already totally fallen in love with this show. I was excited for it before I saw it, and now that I have, I am filled with a fevered desperation to watch a hundred more episodes. I wish I had a half-dozen DVD box sets of this show.” (and disagrees with the point on the interwebs say that the second episode may be better than the first).
- Ray Richmond of the Hollywood Reporter sums it up as: “Dollhouse” fascinating, but tricky to embrace: [Dollhouse] might be seen as a futuristic merging of “Buffy,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” though in this context the latter would be more like “perpetual conflict of the repeatedly rebooted brain.”
- Entertainment Weekly gives it a B-, worrying about the concept and not having a consistent hero to root for each week, if the protagonist is playing a new role each week – but is willing to give Eliza and Joss a chance. Elsewhere on EW, someone muses on giving the show a Friday night timeslot – good idea or bad idea (Hey – FOX had both The X-Files and Firefly starting on Friday nights?).
- Tom Shales of the Washington Post calls it “a pretentious and risible jumble” that “begins to play like a Flomax commercial”.
- Mark Perigard at the Boston Herald thinks the show is broken, but can be rebuilt with some minor improvements. Amy Amatangelo gets a little interview in with Dushku on the show and her other projects.
- USA Today sums it up with “The result is a show that [Joss Whedon's] most devoted fans will debate and embrace, and a mass audience just won’t get.”
- Z at the Baltimore Sun searches for a feminist theme on the show, but comes up feeling that it is nothing but Friday-night fantasies of teenage boys.